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‘They wouldn’t be without each other and they left the world together as well’

Five days after Alan Scanlon died from Covid, his wife Margaret passed away


Alan Scanlon passed away in his Sligo home last December

Alan Scanlon passed away in his Sligo home last December

Alan Scanlon passed away in his Sligo home last December

ALAN SCANLON (84) died at his home in Cranmore, Co Sligo, on December 15, 2021. He had become unwell a week earlier and tested positive for Covid-19.

Mr Scanlon was a talented musician who played the harmonica. He performed with many different bands, including The Showband Boys.

“He was a great man for his age. He was a character and loved life,” said his daughter Josephine Scanlon (40).

"Dad was a man of many trades. He was a bus driver, he was a security guard... he worked many trades. He was my best friend and I’m lost without him.

“He said his harmonica brought him so many friends and so much luck in his life. When the pandemic started, he didn’t play anymore and that really got him down because he loved that.”

Mr Scanlon’s wife, Margaret (73), died five days after her husband in Sligo General Hospital.

Mr and Mrs Scanlon were married for 40 years, and Josephine described them as “two peas in a pod”.

“They wouldn’t be without each other, and we had no surprise that they left the world together as well,” Josephine said.

“Mammy worked in the Savoy Cinema in Sligo years ago and she used to sing, and dad used to play the mouth organ. They had great times.

“It was so hard because we didn’t even know they had Covid. It was only the day Daddy died that we did a test on my mum, and she just took seriously ill overnight. So it was just really one shock to the next. It was a lot to take in.

“We were terrified when we saw what Covid can do to somebody.”

Mr and Mrs Scanlon are survived by daughter Josephine and their three sons Allan, Martin and David.

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